Former Tottenham boss, Tim Sherwood believes that Jose Mourinho’s best achievement during his time at Spurs has been convincing Daniel Levy to spend big during the transfer window.
Tottenham’s financial results for the year ending 30 June 2020 revealed that the club had made a loss of £63.9m, compared to a £68.6m profit during the previous year, which was largely down to the loss of matchday and broadcast income due to COVID-19.
Despite the substantial loss, Spurs were one of the most active clubs in the summer transfer window, bringing in seven new players in the form of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Gareth Bale, Carlos Vinicius and Joe Rodon.
Sherwood believes that Mourinho has changed his tune about the Tottenham squad since taking over as he came to realise that some of the players were not good enough.
Speaking to The Kelly and Wrighty show, he said: “Jose Mourinho has gone in there, Troy Parrott’s not good enough, Walker-Peters is not good enough, Oliver Skipp. Not only not good enough. He gets rid of them. He gets them away from the football club.
“So, all of a sudden now. He has got a shadow of the squad and what he says to Daniel Levy, which is the biggest art in any management, is to get the owner to spend money.
“When he first went in there, Jose Mourinho, they asked him ‘do you need any players?’ He said ‘no, I am happy with the squad’. What a wonderful squad, from the outside. He goes in there, after the inks dry, and he goes to Daniel Levy ‘these are not good enough. We need this one, that one and go get me them’. And Daniel has backed him.”
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As normal with Tim Sherwood, this is a poor analysis of what Mourinho has done at Spurs. Mourinho obviously rates Skipp highly which is why the club offered him a new contract and loaned him out. Additionally, to suggest that Spurs splashed the cash in a major way during the previous transfer window is completely non-factual.
The seven signings together cost less than £60m net, which was lower than what we spent in the summer of 2019. There was always going to be plenty of player turnover during the summer since we were in the middle of rebuilding the squad when Mourinho arrived at the club.
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